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Pakistan's parliament in emergency session following violent clashes


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Pakistan's parliament in emergency session following violent clashes

After three days of violence in Pakistan the parliament is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the political crisis as anti-government protesters camp outside the building demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has only been in office since June 2013.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said: “Today, when the entire parliament and the entire nation is standing on one side and an armed mob is on the other, I think no-one should have any doubts about who the nation will support.”

The protesters, led by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and outspoken cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri converged on the capital in mid-August claiming that the elections had been rigged.

Three days of violent clashes over the weekend left three dead and hundreds injured.

Senator Zahid Khan, spokesperson for the Awami National Party, said: Both houses are together and we want to find a solution to the current situation. We can save democracy, the constitution and the country.”

The prime minister was elected with a landslide win and has said that he “will not let the people’s mandate be hijacked by intimidation.” His Pakistan Muslim League is the largest political party in the country, and international observers deemed the elections generally fair.

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